On Monday, January 20th, 120 students from 20 schools across BC came together for a day of creative thinking and competition at Junior Achievement of British Columbia’s (JABC) first ever JABC Innovation Jam. The workshop and competition challenged and inspired grade 11 and 12 students to THINK BIG about creating the innovative businesses of tomorrow. This intense and exciting event had student teams develop and pitch new, innovative business ideas with a focus on environmental sustainability. Presenting and Reception Sponsor for the event was the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPA).
During a guided workshop, teams developed “pitches” for their new business ideas to present to panels of experts which included several members of Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40. From the 20 teams, four finalists were selected to move on to a final round of judging that will take place in the coming weeks.
A number of special guests and JABC supporters attended the Innovation Jam adding to the excitement for the students. Miyoung Lee of CBC News Vancouver MCed the opening reception held Sunday evening where students had a chance to meet and network before the competition. On competition day special guests including the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, BC Minister of State for Small Business, addressed the young audience with words of wisdom and encouragement during the afternoon program.
This new event gives senior high-school students an opportunity see how innovation in business can have a positive impact on an industry and our environment. It also provides an exciting platform for students to develop networking skills, teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, presentation skills and a number of other skills key to success in business.
The Four Finalists chosen by our judges are:
The winning team will be announced in May and given a spotlight at Junior Achievement’s Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Gala on May 22nd.
People’s Choice Award
All 20 teams’ pitches have been posted to YouTube where anyone can view and “Like” their favourite business idea. On February 28, the team with the most “Likes” will win the JABC Innovation Jam “People’s Choice Award.” Pitches may be viewed at JABC’s YouTube Channel, JuniorAchievementBC.
Participating School Teams
Belmont Secondary, Victoria
Britannia Secondary, Vancouver
Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
Correlieu Secondary, Quesnel
Duchess Park Secondary, Prince George
Kelowna Secondary, Kelowna
Kwantlen Park Secondary, Surrey
Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake
Maaqtusiis Secondary School, Ahousaht
Mount Douglas Secondary, Victoria
Parkland Secondary, Victoria
Prince of Wales Secondary, Vancouver
Rockridge Secondary, West Vancouver
Sa-Hali Secondary, Kamloops
Spectrum Community School, Victoria
St. George’s School, Vancouver
St. John’s School, Vancouver
Vernon Secondary, Vernon
West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver
West Vancouver Secondary, West Vancouver